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Discord opens up paid subscriptions so servers can sell premium perks
After launching as a pilot late last year, Discord will allow more servers to offer paid memberships in exchange for special server-specific perks.
New York seeks handson leader in antirat fight
Hate rats? Are you a “somewhat bloodthirsty” New Yorker with excellent communication skills and “a general aura of badassery”? Then you might have what it takes to be the city's new rat tsar.Mayor Eric Adams’ administration posted a job listing this week seeking someone to lead the city's long-running battle against rats.The official job title is “director of rodent mitigation,” although it was promptly dubbed the rat tsar. Salary range is $176,000 to $250,000.READ MORE: 'Rodent infestation' forces closure of New York Mexican fast food chain“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to look at all solutions from various angles, including improving operational efficiency, data collection, technology innovation, trash management, and wholesale slaughter,” reads that ad.The posting is whimsical, but the job is daunting.New York City leaders have been trying to control the rodent population for generations, with mixed results.READ MORE: Starving cannibal rats swarm deserted US streets in lockdownSightings of rats in parks, sidewalks and other places in the city have recently increased.City rats have survived a multimillion-dollar effort under former Mayor Bill de Blasio that focused on more trash pickups and better housing inspections in targeted neighbourhoods.The city also launched a program to use dry ice to suffocate rats in their hiding spots.Adams, when he was borough president of Brooklyn, once demonstrated a trap that used a bucket filled with a toxic soup to drown rats lured by the scent of food.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesNow, the Adams' administration is looking for a top rat bureaucrat to become the public face of the city's eradication and education efforts.“Cunning, voracious, and prolific, New York City’s rats are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city – we do,” claimed the posting.Applicants are expected to have a crafty sense of humour and “to lead from the front, using hands-on techniques to exterminate rodents with authority and efficiency.” ]]>
Melbourne man charged with murder after family member finds womans body
A Melbourne man has faced court over the death of a woman at a home in the city's north.Joe Lo Bianco, 52, was charged with murder on Thursday after a family member discovered the body of a 51-year-old woman inside a home on Brickworks Lane, Northcote, just before 8pm on Wednesday.Prosecutors asked for the woman's name to be removed from court documents during the brief appearance on Friday.READ MORE: Aged care home apologises after Melbourne woman severely bruisedLo Bianco, who is in custody for the first time, is due to face Melbourne Magistrates Court again for a committal mention on April 14, 2023.Police requested a longer than usual period to serve a brief of evidence on him, saying a pathology report is expected to take at least 12 weeks.CCTV is also expected form part of the evidence, the magistrate heard. ]]>
Ye is no longer buying Parler, the ‘free speech’ social media app
Ye is no longer buying Parler, the controversial social media app that’s billed itself as a “free speech” alternative to Twitter. Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, originally struck a deal with Parlement Technologies in October to buy the company for an undisclosed amount.That deal is now off, according to the company. “Parlement Technologies has confirmed that the company has mutually agreed with Ye to terminate the intent of sale of Parler,” a spokesperson for Parler said in a statement. “This decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.”Parler will continue to pursue future opportunities for growth and the evolution of the platform for our vibrant community.— Parler (@parler_app) December 1, 2022News of the deal imploding comes just hours after Ye praised Nazis and said, “I like Hitler,” during an appearance on Alex Jones’ podcast. A spokesperson for Parler didn't comment on whether these statements played a role in the decision to terminate the acquisition, but cited Ye’s recent and ongoing business difficulties as a reason for the deal falling through.Ye had first announced he would buy Parler after he was suspended from Twitter following a series of antisemitic tweets. (Twitter CEO Elon Musk later welcomed him back to the platform.) At the time, Parlement technologies CEO George Farmer said that the proposed acquisition will assure Parler a future role in creating an uncancelable ecosystem where all voices are welcome.”Update 12/1 3:10 PM PT: Added additional info from a Parler spokesperson. ]]>
The world finally has its first parastronaut. Can we expect anyone to be able to go to space one day?
NASA astronaut Winston E. Scott on an EVA in 1996. NASA JSCThe European Space Agency made history last week with the announcement of the first “parastronaut”, 41-year-old UK citizen John McFall.
Tesla reveals longawaited Semi Truck and begins first deliveries
Tesla delivered Thursday evening the first production versions of its long-delayed electric semi truck five years after CEO Elon Musk revealed the commercial vehicle. The first Tesla Semi trucks were handed over to Pepsi at an event at the company gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.
Is National CPA Firm Armanino, LLP the New Arthur Andersen After Representing FTX?
Albanese hails passage of industrial relations laws
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has hailed the passage of the government's industrial relations bill as a way to give Australian workers a better deal and a better future.In a statement issued today, Albanese and Employment Minister Tony Burke said the Secure Jobs, Better Pay bill was a next step to lifting wages, improving job security and closing the gender pay gap.After a decade of deliberate wage suppression under the Liberals and Nationals, Australian workers need a pay rise and these new laws will deliver, the statement read.READ MORE: Western Australia set to make gay conversion therapy a crimeBy modernising the bargaining system we will see more workplace agreements, delivering better productivity and flexibility for employers and better pay and conditions for workers.We're bringing our workplace relations system up to date with a Government that wants to get wages moving again.The bill passed the Senate overnight after amendments made by the crossbench.The amended bill was voted on in the House this morning.Albanese noted not a single member of the opposition voted for the changes.READ MORE: Lehrmann rape trial abandoned, charges droppedSpeaking to Today this morning, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said he wanted wage growth, but in a responsible way.If you put this union wishlist of industrial relations changes across small businesses, it's going to drive up unemployment, Dutton said.It's coming at exactly the wrong time for the economy.Before its passage, Liberal senator Michaelia Cash described it as literally the most radical changes that the country has ever seen.The bill's passage has had a mixed response across the country, with unions welcoming the changes and some employers panning them.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesThe Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) celebrated the abolition of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).This targeting of people for standing up for their rights put enormous stress and hardship on construction workers and their families, CFMEU secretary Dave Noonan said.Australian construction workers welcome the vote of parliament to abolish this authoritarian and politicised body and look forward to engaging with all parties in the industry to meet the challenges it faces.READ MORE: Menthol cigarettes could be bannedBut Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Warn said the abolition of the ABCC meant the government turned its back on builders and subcontractors.Unions have been given the green light to ramp up pattern bargaining and bullying tactics in our industry, Wawn said.The Senate extensively debated the countless examples of vile intimidation, thuggery and bullying which has been forensically documented in four commissions, dozens of reviews and inquiries and hundreds of federal court judgements so it beggars belief the government would turn a blind eye.CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia Tania Constable said the legislation would be a handbrake on investment, job opportunities and wage growth.The reintroduction of multi-employer bargaining into the Australian workplace relations regime will have negative consequences on investment, productivity, economic growth, job security and wages for small or larger businesses across Australia, she said. ]]>
This secondary markets expert says we haven’t hit bottom yet
Earlier today, we talked with Phil Haslett, the cofounder and now chief strategy officer of EquityZen, a 10-year-old, New York-based secondary marketplace that connects accredited buyers with privately held company shares that their owners — including founders, employees, and VCs — are looking to sell.
Tesla finally delivers its first production Semi
Five years after CEO Elon Musk officially unveiled his Semi, Tesla’s electrified tractor trailer, the company delivered its first official production vehicle to Pepsi on Thursday during its Semi Delivery Event held at Tesla's Nevada Gigafactory. The beverage maker has ordered 100 of the vehicles in total.First shown off in 2017, the Tesla Semi originally was set to retail for $150,000 and $180,000 for the 300- and 500-mile versions, respectively. Those prices are significantly higher than the $60k a standard diesel cab runs but Tesla estimates that its vehicles can operate 20 percent more efficiently (2kWh per mile, Musk revealed Thursday), and save up to $250,000 over the million-mile life of the Semi.Tesla Semi driving 500 miles, fully loaded, on a single charge pic.twitter.com/iZzomLcwZF— Tesla (@Tesla) December 2, 2022Each rig is “designed like a bullet,” Musk said at the vehicle’s unveiling, and would come equipped with a massive 1MW battery pack. This reportedly offers a 20-second 0-60, which is impressive given that these vehicles are towing up to 80,000 pounds at a time, and a spent-to-80 percent charge time of just 30 minutes. The Semis are also outfitted with Enhanced Autopilot capabilities, as well as jackknife-mitigation systems, blind-spot sensors and data-logging for fleet management.As reservations opened in 2017, Musk said at the time, deliveries would begin two short years later, in 2019. By April 2020, Tesla had officially pushed that delivery date back to 2021, citing production delays and supply chain issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, just two months after that, in May of 2020, Musk sent a company-wide email reading, “It’s time to go all out and bring the Tesla Semi to volume production. It’s been in limited production so far, which has allowed us to improve many aspects of the design,” as seen by CNBC. In the same email he confirmed that production would take place in Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory.Cut to July, 2021, and the new delivery date has been pushed again, this time to 2022, citing both the ongoing global processor shortage and its own pandemic-limited battery production capability for the new 4680 style cells as contributing factors.“We believe we remain on track to build our first Model Y vehicles in Berlin and Austin in 2021,” Musk said during the company’s Q2, 2021 investor call. “The pace of the respective production ramps will be influenced by the successful introduction of many new product and manufacturing technologies, ongoing supply-chain-related challenges and regional permitting.”“To better focus on these factories, and due to the limited availability of battery cells and global supply chain challenges, we have shifted the launch of the Semi truck program to 2022,” he continued. Beginning in May of this year, Tesla started actively taking reservations again for a $20,000 deposit. And first deliveries are now, Musk said on Thursday before welcoming Kirk Tanner, CEO PepsiCo Beverages North America, and Steven Williams, CEO PepsiCo Foods North America, on stage for high fives and handshakes. ]]>
Newborn severely brain damaged after being left in care of alleged baby killer
A baby has been left severely and irreversibly disabled after being left in the care of alleged baby killer Lucy Letby, a court has heard.Letby, 32, is on trial in the United Kingdom, accused of murdering seven infants and attempting to murder 10 others in Manchester.The crimes are alleged to have occurred at the Countess of Chester Hospital's neonatal unit between June 2015 and June 2016.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesThis week, evidence has been given relating to Child G, who Letby allegedly tried to kill on three seperate occasions, reports the BBC.Manchester Crown Court heard how Child G was born 16 weeks prematurely, weighing less than half a kilogram at the time of birth.She was transferred to the neonatal unit in Chester at 13 weeks, where Letby was on a shift when the baby suddenly became ill in the early hours of September 7, 2015.The baby started to vomit violently and was bleeding from the throat.Prosecutors allege Letby put extra milk and air into the infant's system, causing the vomiting, which led eventually to extreme brain damage.The alleged attack made Child G the youngest and smallest of the 17 babies Letby targeted, prosecutors say.READ MORE: Bruce Lehrmann's retrial set to be abandonedIn statements read in court written by the baby's parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the duo described how they had believed their child was recovering well up until that point. When she was in the incubator at the Countess of Chester she would smile at the sound of my voice, the baby's father said. After the vomit, she was different, and she did not respond to my voice anymore.Letby's trial is expected to last weeks, if not months.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonPolice launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of babies at the hospital in May 2017.Letby was arrested three times in connection with the deaths before she was charged in November 2020.Letby has pleaded not guilty to the charges. ]]>
President Trump Delivers Special Message to January 6th Political Prisoners (VIDEO)
Rocket Lab carves off defensefocused subsidiary for national security customers
Launch provider Rocket Lab is establishing a subsidiary to handle its sensitive U.S. government business, like launching spysats and experimental military spacecraft. Rocket Lab National Security LLC will handle most of the Defense Department stuff going forward to save the rest of the company a bit of grief.
Mozilla acquires Active Replica to build on its metaverse vision
An automated status updater for Slack isn’t the only thing Mozilla acquired this week. On Wednesday, the company announced that it snatched up Active Replica, a Vancouver-based startup developing a “web-based metaverse.”
US authorizes another missile sale to NATO hopeful
The move comes amid a wave of proposed arms deals with European allies in recent weeks
Lehrmann trial discontinued: when prosecution isnt in the public interest
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shane Drumgold today announced that the charges against Bruce Lehrmann, the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins at Parliament House in 2019, have been withdrawn.
Meet the earlystage startups exhibiting at TC Sessions: Space
The technological advances happening within the space industry are nothing short of dramatic — from propulsion systems, heavy-lift rockets and increased payload capabilities to building commercial space stations to fill the gap when the International Space Station ceases operations in 2030.
Janet Yellen Says the Real Reason Inflation is Out of Control is Because Americans Are ‘Splurging’ on Goods (VIDEO)
Alleged IS terrorist silent in Darwin court after extradition
Melbourne-born alleged Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash has appeared in a Darwin court after being deported from Turkey to face six terrorism charges.The 31-year-old former rapper allegedly joined and supported Islamic State in 2014, and is also accused of travelling to Syria and undertaking hostile acts in 2016.Prakash could face a life sentence if found guilty.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesNorthern Territory Local Court Chief Judge Elizabeth Morris granted an extradition order to transfer Prakash from the NT to Victoria on or before December 9.He will remain in custody in Darwin until AFP and Victorian Police officers jointly take him into custody and escort him to Melbourne.Once there, he is expected to be charged by the Australian Federal Police Victorian Joint Counter Terrorism Team with a range of serious terrorism offences.Prakash, who appeared via video link from the Palmerston watch house, was handcuffed throughout the hearing.He declined legal representation and remained silent when Judge Morris asked him to confirm his identity.Victorian detective senior constable Andrew Gibney told the court Parkash had been identified by distinct scars and a tattoo on his chest.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonEarly today he arrived by plane from Turkey to Darwin, where he was arrested by the Australian Federal Police.Prakash has been described as the most important and the most dangerous Australian member of Islamic State.He was arrested in Turkey in 2016 for allegedly fighting for the terrorist group in Syria and later moved to an immigration detention centre.The jihadist appeared in several videos trying to recruit fellow Australians to the IS fight, as well as fighting himself for the terrorist organisation overseas.Prakash has also been implicated in at least two terror plots on Australian soil, including the Anzac Day plot to behead a Melbourne police officer.The former Coalition government tried to have Prakash's Australian citizenship cancelled, but that was effectively overturned by the High Court.He landed in Darwin on the same flight as Tony Haddad, an alleged crime figure extradited from Turkey after a major manhunt.- with AAP ]]>
Lehrmann retrial abandoned because of a significant and unacceptable risk to Brittany Higgins life
The plan for a second trial of Bruce Lehrmann has been dropped after expert medical advice warned it posed a “significant and unacceptable risk” to Brittany Higgins’ life.
To da moon: Emm aims to innovate on the menstrual cup
Menstrual cups (sometimes known as “moon cups”) have been around since the 1930s, and it’s been a bloody long period since we’ve seen much innovation in that category. Emm just closed a $1 million round of funding to add some smarts. The company adds an applicator and an app tracking feature to help keep an eye on things.
Is He Talking About Joe Biden? Barack Obama Takes Shot at ‘Crazy Uncle Joe’ While Campaigning For Warnock (VIDEO)
Japanese victory condemns Germany to shock World Cup exit
The four-time champions have failed to get out of the group stage in Qatar
German finance ministry rejects call to solve military crisis – media
The finance ministry said lack of funding was not the cause of the sluggish availability of ammunition
Facebook failed to stop test ads from threatening midterm election workers
Meta's election integrity efforts on Facebook may not have been as robust as claimed. Researchers at New York University's Cybersecurity for Democracy and the watchdog Global Witness have revealed that Facebook's automatic moderation system approved 15 out of 20 test ads threatening election workers ahead of last month's US midterms. The experiments were based on real threats and used clear language that was potentially easy to catch. In some cases, the social network even allowed ads after the wrong changes were made — the research team just had to remove profanity and fix spelling to get past initial rejections.The investigators also tested TikTok and YouTube. Both services stopped all threats and banned the test accounts. In an earlier experiment before Brazil's election, Facebook and YouTube allowed all election misinformation sent during an initial pass, although Facebook rejected up to 50 percent in follow-up submissions.In a statement to Engadget, a spokesperson said the ads were a small sample that didn't represent what users saw on platforms like Facebook. The company maintained that its ability to counter election threats exceeds that of rivals, but only backed the claim by pointing to quotes that illustrated the amount of resources committed to stopping violent threats, not the effectiveness of those resources.The ads wouldn't have done damage, as the experimenters had the power to pull them before they went live. Still, the incident highlights the limitations of Meta's partial dependence on AI moderation to fight misinformation and hate speech. While the system helps Meta's human moderators cope with large amounts of content, it also risks greenlighting ads that might not be caught until they're visible to the public. That could not only let threats flourish, but invite fines from the UK and other countries that plan to penalize companies which don't quickly remove extremist content. ]]>
Boundary Layer pivots from container ships to hydrofoiling personal watercraft
Boundary Layer, which was gunning for local air freight, and announced a slew of launch partners earlier this year, today announced a shift in strategy, with some high-performance foiling personal watercraft. Think low-flying SeaDoo, and you’ve got the right idea.
BREAKING: Corrupt Obama Appointed Judge Who Banned TGP Reporter From Maricopa County Press Briefings Sanctions Kari Lake And Mark Finchem Over Lawsuit Banning Voting Machines
Kanye West says he likes Hitler
The controversial rapper urged people to “stop dissing Nazis”
International Blood Bank for the Unvaccinated has been Formed with Members from at Least 16 countries – Demand for “Pure Blood” Skyrockets
Hyundaibacked AV startup Motional cuts workforce
Motional, the Aptiv-Hyundai joint venture developing autonomous vehicle technology, cut its workforce this week — the latest example of layoffs in the AV industry and more broadly in the tech sector.
Kanye West isn’t buying Parler after all
Despite a joint statement between Ye (fka Kanye West) and Parler in October noting that the two had reached an agreement for the rapper to buy the social network, that will not come to pass, Parler owner Parlement Techonologies said today.
Startup valuations are declining — but not consistently
While this year’s stock market decline was swift, it was also widespread, with very few companies escaping the downturn. But current market conditions haven’t caused the same uniform trajectory for startups.
Remember her as Lynette Joy Simms
From today on, we would like her to be known and remembered as Lynette Joy Simms.As Chris Dawson was being transferred to Silverwater Jail to serve an 18-year sentence for the murder of his wife Lynette, the Sydney mum's family reclaimed her maiden name. Greg Simms paid tribute to his gentle sister as he acknowledged the very long, painful and challenging journey his family faced bringing justice to Lynette, who had been regarded as a missing person for decades following her 1982 disappearance. The system was against us, but we got there in the end, Simms said outside court. We really didn't believe this day would ever come.READ MORE: Chris Dawson jailed for 24 years over 1982 murder of wife LynetteFor our family, Lyn will always be remembered as a happy, gentle, generous and loving daughter, sister, mother, niece, aunt and friend, Simms said.Justice Ian Harrison noted Dawson may well die in jail as he handed down his sentence for killing and disposing of Lynette's body, but Simms said he hoped for him to live a long life to face the weight of his crime for years to come. No sentence is long enough for taking someone's life. Twenty-four years is wonderful, he may not live for 24 years but I hope he lives for quite a long time, Simms' wife Merilyn added.There's one thing that still pains the family; that Lynette's body has never been recovered. Simms said he didn't believe Dawson, who he said discarded his sister, would ever reveal that detail, allowing them to finally lay her to rest. READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesHe thanked Lynette's family and friends who had worked in an unofficial capacity with police and media to get answers about the Sydney mum-of-two's final days, along with Justice Harrison, the Department of Prosecutions and media, including Nine's Ben Fordham. Simms made special mention of journalist Hedley Thomas, whose popular Gold Walkley Award winning true crime podcast The Teacher's Pet, thrust the cold case back into the limelight, reigniting the investigation. It's our time to begin living our lives without having this hanging over our heads, Simms said. Chris Dawson has had 40 years of freedom. Now, it's our turn. READ MORE: Bruce Lehrmann's retrial set to be abandonedDawson has launched an appeal against his conviction but Simms said if he wants to appeal, he's appealed everything else, he may as well go the full hog.As far as we're concerned, today is the last of it. Finito, Simms said. ]]>
Alleged organised crime figure caught in Turkey, deported to Australia
The Australian Federal Police today arrested a Sydney man who fled Australia while on trial for his alleged role in importing a chemical that could produce more than two million methamphetamine, or MDMA, tablets.Tony Haddad, 46, was deported by Turkish authorities and landed in Darwin today, where he was arrested.He is scheduled to face a Darwin court later today, where an application will be made to extradite him to New South Wales.READ MORE: Russian public support for Ukraine war crumblesHaddad was arrested at the Turkey-Lebanon border with a false passport in August, after he fled Australia in 2020.A manhunt began for Haddad two years ago after he failed to attend a NSW court case in which he was facing charges of importing illegal precursor chemicals, identified by police as 2.8 tonnes of safrole oil, from China.If convicted, he was facing a maximum penalty of 25 years' imprisonment.Haddad was originally arrested in September 2011 by Australian authorities.The investigation allegedly found the safrole in containers labelled as hair and cleaning products imported from China in three shipments.READ MORE: Today team pay tribute to 'force of nature' Ally LangdonInvestigations led the AFP to suspect the man was allegedly hiding in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic – possibly on the NSW South Coast – before leaving Australia in late June 2022.AFP Assistant Commissioner Crime Nigel Ryan welcomed the independent decision by Turkish authorities to deport Haddad.The AFP will continue to investigate this man's activities over the past two years, and will not hesitate to lay charges if we have evidence of criminal activity being used to finance his efforts to escape detection, he said.Haddad landed in Darwin today on the same plane as alleged Islamic State terrorist Neil Prakash, who was deported by Turkey. ]]>
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